Looks like net neighbors haven't learned their lesson. They have decided to go from one corporate owned site to another to discuss neighborhood issues. Postcard, phone number or credit card number are required for membership; a huge hassle to sign up for this service or website which the general public can't view (maybe that's the point). The last site that was corporate run (Everyblock) had its plug pulled with zero notice this past Febuary. This writer promises to never take this site down, so any work done (words and pictures) here won't be lost. There are cliques on the internet already, and this forum which you can't even view unless you sign up for with personal info creates an even more exclusive site for neighbors to voice their concerns in quasi secrecy which could be shut down at any moment.
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C.H. Morse Jr's ghost himself stated on Joe Moore's Facebook site that he thanked Joe Moore for taking a firm stand against resident complaints on the Next Door site. The general populace who choose not to sign on to this new website will never know what the squabble was about however. Everybody wants to have their own say and be able to create their own posts and content on a site where there is fairness for all. The problem is, is when its run by a giant corporation these posters have zero control of the future of that site.
Conversely it is possible that Blogger could shut down, but that isn't likely as independent, group and corporate run blogs are still quite successful and widely read. This blog is for the neighborhood and yes it is biased and has its own views just as Uptown Update does. Neighbors can contribute if they wish, as Helen did for a very short time. In this writer's opinion its time for the neighbors to come of hiding and discuss issues and concerns on the visible 'net, on a site (any site) which isn't corporate controlled.